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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sips fuel and is affordable

This undated product image provided by Volkswagen shows the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. The five-door, front-wheel drive SportWagen has 66.5 cubic feet of cargo room. (Volkswagen via AP)

Those who don’t like sports utility vehicles but who crave their space and versatility have a nice new alternative: the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Not only does the five-door, front-wheel drive SportWagen have impressive European-style handling, it has 66.5 cubic feet of cargo room — more than a Chevrolet Trax small SUV and 94 percent of the cargo room in Honda’s popular CR-V.

And, with a direct-injected, turbodiesel, four-cylinder engine, the SportWagen rates higher in federal government fuel mileage than any non-hybrid, non-electric SUV in .

Specifically, the government rates the diesel-powered version of the 2015 SportWagen at 31 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg or 43 mpg on the highway, depending on whether the engine is paired with an automatic or manual transmission.

And don’t be surprised if the SportWagen surpasses these ratings. The test-driven diesel SportWagen with automatic transmission managed 47 mpg on a 1

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